Syria refugee crisis at unparalleled level-UN officials

by Reuters

UN officials call for political solution to Syrian crisis as number of refugees fleeing the violence passes the two million mark.

While Capitol Hill debates, world leaders discuss and military factions prepare, one of the the largest groups of people affected by the situation in Syria are virtually voiceless.

They're the estimated two million refugees who've fled the country facing uncertain futures regardless of any international action against the government.

United Nations officials have called the humanitarian crisis 'unparalleled' warning the world faces its greatest threat to peace since the Vietnam war.

Every day, about 5,000 Syrians cross the borders into Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq.... the Ismail family is amongst them.

Peroz and her husband packed up their family - including their newborn baby - and fled to northern Iraq.

The journey was difficult.

"I suffered a lot on the trip here, because I was sick and so was she. For three days I had no milk to give her. I could only gave her water. She became really dehydrated and I had to get doctors to help us," Syrian refugee Peroz Ismail said.

Like the some 40,000 other refugees who escaped into Iraq's autonomous region, the Ismail family felt they had no other choice.

"Staying meant that we might see our children getting killed before our eyes," Syrian refugee Ibrahim Ismail said.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres.

"There is no humanitarian solution to the Syrian crisis; rather there needs to be a political solution that ends the humanitarian crisis," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.

In Geneva Wednesday, leaders from some of the countries directly affected by the refugee crisis appealed to world leaders to act, frustrated at their refusal to do so thus far.